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by Paul on 12/28/11 at 07:02 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Preds GM David Poile told ESPN.com Tuesday that he expected to chat with Weber’s people “sometime in January.”
Poile added, however, that the more urgent matter remains Ryan Suter because he’s UFA-bound July 1, whereas Weber will be RFA.
The plan, if it wasn’t obvious, is to be able to go to their franchise player in Weber once/if Suter joins star goalie Pekka Rinne with a contract extension to show how serious the team is about competing. It makes sense to approach it that way because in the end, Weber’s deal will be the most difficult to negotiate. Better have the other two in the bag before commencing that one.
So the pressure point now is on the Suter talks with the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaching.
“David and I continue to talk but there’s nothing new to report at this point,” Neil Sheehy, Suter’s agent, told ESPN.com Wednesday.
more plus some trades and signings talk too…
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